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McDaniel’s Master's program for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares you to make a lifelong impact by helping others thrive in a new language.

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About the Program

McDaniel’s TESOL program* places a strong emphasis on the development of:

  • Professionalism in language education
  • Individual language rights
  • Collaboration in a global community
  • The interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement
  • Respect for diversity and multiculturalism
  • The promotion of professional development and exchange for educators

*Note: Certified teachers hoping to obtain TESOL certification may elect to take the sequence.

Upcoming Online Information Sessions

Sep 24

MS in TESOL Information Session

4:30 p.m.

This session is intended for the Prince George's County Public School Partnership Cohort beginning January 11, 2021.

Join Program Coordinator Derek Lewis to learn more about this program. Register here. 

Why McDaniel for TESOL

We’ve designed our program to make sure it meets the needs of today’s educators.

  • Convenience. The program can be completed 100% online. Some courses are offered in-person. Choose which method works best for you.
  • Personal Attention. We keep our classes small, so you get the personalized guidance you need.
  • Real-world Experience. Many of our faculty work in the field and bring direct knowledge of best practices to the program.

Requirements for an M.S. in TESOL Degree

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit:

  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Statement of Intent describing your academic and career goals
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate and graduate (if obtained) degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75
  • Three official academic or professional letters of recommendation

Additional Requirements

If a student does not already have the appropriate requisite courses below, they would need to be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Three credits in cross-cultural studies.
  • Six credits in a modern foreign language.

If a student does not currently have a teaching certificate, the appropriate requisite courses below may need to be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Three credits in foundations of education.
  • Six credits in Reading Methods at the Secondary Level.

Evidence of proficiency in Science and Mathematics related to K-12 curriculum.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Successful completion of all required coursework

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Standards and Certification

McDaniel’s TESOL program:

  • Meets Maryland certification requirements
  • Is aligned with the professional standards established by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Is aligned with the professional standards established by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Advancing Your Career

Graduates of the TESOL program have become:

  • ESOL teachers
  • Foreign language teachers
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers
  • Government and corporate positions requiring the teaching of or, interaction with, speakers of other languages
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Spotlight Profile Alumni Spotlight Ling-En (Flora) Kang M.S. ’12

Flora returned to her hometown of Taichung City in Taiwan to teach English after earning her Master’s in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While at McDaniel, she taught Chinese and shared her love and knowledge of learning another language with undergrads both in the classroom and through Asian Community Coalition campus-wide events and dinners, which highlighted various Asian cultures. She studied Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chung-Cheng University and completed a training program for teachers of Chinese at Ohio State University before coming to McDaniel.